So I live in a house with four missionaries and one of them was originally supposed to go to the United States, but couldn't right away because he had to wait for a visa. So this week he left, so his companion, the other gringo I live with, Elder Sims, and my companion and I are now in a trio. Holy cow when it comes to missionaries, the more the merrier. This week has been really physically tiring because we have been working both of our sectors walking a ton between appointments. Every single day this week I have walked over ten miles but that is completely fine with me. With all the bread the people have been giving me I ought to walk more.
PEOPLE HERE ARE NICE
So we have this family that we teach that is one of my favorite families. The dad of this family is named Miguel. While I was in their house the other day, I brought up the fact that I love this type of candy they have here called a ¨super 8¨. Holy cow people this candy is freaking good. So I didn't think much of that, but a few days later, I was walking down the street after a appointment, and I see Miguel way down the street with a bag. We walk up to him to start talking to him, and he gives me a grocery bag full of this candies. Probably like 15 or so of them. He told me that he loved me a bunch and gave me a huge hug. Man I know that isn´t something crazy big, but it made my whole day. I love him so much
So another person that we teach is a Haitian. I don't know if I spelled that right. A person that lives in Haiti. So yes. His name is Jumi and he has lived in Santiago for the same amount of time that I have, but he cannot speak spanish or english. Very limited of both. He is fluent in creole and french. We gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon in french, and we go over to his house a lot to share with him scriptures and because we are his friends. Jumi doesn't have a job, so what he does everyday is go search on the streets for anybody that is willing to give him any job. His house is unfurnished and he has seriously nothing except for a bed and some clothes. The other day when we were there, he offered my companion and I some of his rice. People this was the only food that he had. He seriously had nothing else and this was his meal for the day. This was all he was going to eat. My comp and I didn't take any but just the gesture made me tear up a bit. We should all try to be like Jumi and think of others before ourselves.
Another family that I absolutely love is called the Valderamas. I was at their house the other day teaching a lesson with my comp and I was so dang cold. The weather changes really randomly here. In the morning it is crazy cold then during the day you will be dying of heat exhaustion then it is freezing again at night. So it was nighttime and all I had was my shirt and my sweater. The Valderramas noticed me being super cold and the mom of this family, Georgana, left for a bit and came back with a sweater and a scarf and she gave them to me. I can't even express how much I love these people guys.
People here have nothing. They are super poor, yet their first thought is to always turn outward and help others before themselves. Imagine how great the world would be if we all did that. Small little things can make a world of difference in other people's lives.
Finally, I will end with something else that made me happy. So this morning I woke up and Elder Gularte told me that I talked a whole bunch during the night AND IT WAS IN SPANISH. GUYS I AM TALKING IN MY SLEEP IN SPANISH. I know that is not exciting at all for you guys, but for me it made my whole life. He told me I was talking about playgrounds and music. Don´t know why in the heck I was doing that, but hey. It's all good with me
Anyways, love you guys so much! Have a great week and do something to make someone smile!